EEA Permanent Visa Applications

Latitude Law specialises in advising clients on all aspects of European migration law. In light of the Brexit vote, the need for EEA (European Economic Area) documentation has become more important than ever for nationals of other EU countries, and their families

Act now and act quickly to secure your EEA application

This is a fast-changing area of practice, and our lawyers maintain detailed, up-to-date knowledge of developments in the Court of Justice of the European Union as well as domestic courts. UK Visas and Immigration officials are taking an increasingly tough line with evidence in EEA cases, and it is vital that you prepare your application correctly. Latitude Law’s solicitors have detailed knowledge of the Ruiz Zambrano, Chen & Texeira judgments and can help you to assert your rights under these important decisions.

What do I need to secure permanent residence?

Securing EEA permanent residence can be challenging and you will likely need the help of a specialist Latitude Law solicitor to maximise your chances of success. Generally speaking, you will need to demonstrate that you are an EEA national (or related to one) and have lived in the UK for more than five consecutive years.

Furthermore, you should prove that you or your EEA family member are exercising your treaty rights. This either means that you’re working, self-employed, self-sufficient, looking for employment, or studying.

Your status in a post-Brexit world

The British government has confirmed that transitional arrangements after we leave the EU in March 2019 will maintain current regulations until December 2020.  New systems for economic and family migration will then be needed; we don’t know precisely how these will look, but it is likely that – when making its own immigration rules for EU nationals – the UK will introduce far more regulation.  Our lawyers are monitoring political developments closely, and will be best-placed to advise you on planning your future relocation to the UK.

Why choose Latitude Law?

Whether you are a national of an EEA country seeking to study or work in the UK, or you are a non-EEA family member hoping to live here, our lawyers will be happy to explain European and Home Office rules, regulations and procedures. As a result, we can help you and your family exercise your rights to reside in the UK. We can also provide in-depth legal advice and guidance regarding all aspects of European migration law, ensuring you retain your right to travel between EEA and non-EEA countries.

EEA nationals and their families may benefit from European free movement provisions, and thus it is essential that legal professionals have a full understanding of European legislation and how it is implemented. Even if you already live and work in the UK, you should consider seeking advice about your legal status in the run-up to Brexit. You may be able to obtain a document certifying your right to permanent residence which should avoid any potential difficulties in the future. Once you have this confirmation, you may also wish to consider naturalising as a British citizen – see Naturalisation and Registration for British Citizenship for more details.